Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations dominate all facets of illegal narcotics distribution throughout Utah.
Sources of supply for Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, and Marijuana are primarily located in Mexico, California, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest.
Cocaine: Kilogram quantities of Cocaine are available throughout Utah. Mexican organizations tend to dominate large-scale Cocaine distribution, although several other groups are capable of distributing kilogram quantities. Prices for Cocaine powder remain stable. Crack Cocaine is available in limited quantities. Conversion of powder Cocaine into crack takes place at the local level.
Heroin: Heroin is a serious problem in Utah. Mexican brown and black tar Heroin are available throughout the state, with multi-ounce and larger quantities primarily distributed in the major cities. Most Mexican Heroin distribution organizations employ “runners” who deliver Heroin-filled balloons to their customers in parking lots throughout Salt Lake, Davis, and Utah Counties. Mexico and Southern California are the source areas for multi-ounce and pound quantities of Heroin. Most Mexican organizations trafficking in Heroin also distribute Cocaine and Methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine: For the past several years, seizures of Methamphetamine labs have declined substantially in Utah. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, only 9 labs and/or dump sites were seized in the entire state. This is the lowest number seized in recent memory and a far cry from the peak of 272 in FY 1999. This decline is attributed to a number of factors, including strict precursor legislation, community awareness and education campaigns, as well as aggressive law enforcement efforts. Currently, most labs discovered in Utah are small, as measured by the amount of product made per cook, and rudimentary. Most are mobile labs that use the “red, white, and blue” method of manufacture.
Marijuana:The majority of Marijuana encountered in Utah is of Mexican origin. Marijuana is also grown in the remote areas of the state, which are most conducive for growing operations due to the fertile soil. Also, the importation of Marijuana from British Columbia, Canada, remains active in Utah.
Prescription Drugs: Current investigations indicate that diversion of OxyContin continues to be a problem in Utah. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical), forged prescriptions, and employee theft. Diazepam, meperidine, and methadone were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Utah. This is ample reason for South Dakota drug rehab and South Dakota drug detox attention state wide immediately.
Utah is experiencing an increase in drug use and abuse. The prescription drug problem in the United States has become a real epidemic. Instead of treating drug addicts like criminals we believe people suffering from pain pill addiction, alcoholism and other drug addictions should have a comfortable drug detox to ensure long lasting sobriety and clean time. Addiction to pain killers can be one of the hardest addictions to treat and we believe that inpatient drug detox is the most effective way of dealing with prescription drug withdrawal.